Thursday, December 3, 2009

Kiss Me You Fool!

During the month of December, the city of Milan will light up thanks to a number of light installations realised by internationally renowned designers in prime locations around the city centre for the LED.
Developing an idea of staging intimate encounters in the public sphere, Paul Cocksedge Studio (he is a wonderful lighting designer in the UK that we met in Toronto a few years ago at the IIDEX) will create an installation that reinvents the ancient European tradition of kissing under a mistletoe and transforms it into an act of charity.
The installation KISS will consist of a huge led canopy hanging above a stage from the centre dome of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and a large mistletoe. When couples move up to the stage and allow their lips to meet, their kiss sparks a charge that instantly activates a light sequence in the led canopy, changing the colour in varying intensity, ultimately forming numbers in the sum of kisses given under the mistletoe. Please, try to hold back the tears!
Each time this occurs, in spirit of the Christmas season, the sponsor UBI Banca, will donate one Euro to CESVI, helping ease the hunger in North Uganda.

Monday, November 23, 2009

If you love David Hicks, you are going to love Studium's new stone floor tiles. His 1960s motifs have been reproduced; creating nine marble and limestone styles ( These patterns never get old; they are as relevant today as they ever were!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

good stuff!

Odalisque is its name; in white polyester resin with marble dust by Pryor Callaway. It is said to be inspired by the sensual female form. WOW!

The Harlin sofa (with removable slipcover in Chant, a cotton linen from Lulu DK). What a great whimsical number; great use of the textile.
Moroso working with Ron Arad present Do-Lo-Rez. Just a really cool play on the notion of "low res" and pixelation.

I just received the Interior Design Market Tabloid (Oct 31st 2009) Here is some seating worth underlining!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Check Mate

Linoleum 1960's

Indian Palace/stone

black squares painted on a natural wood floor

I think checkered floors are great. they are the ideal solution when you are looking to make a simple statement. Impact. Fearless. Confidence. Checkered floors have been around for centuries, and can be incorporated in many different interiors, all with the same intention. From classical interiors, to Rock and Roll, these patterns can be achieved using stone, linoleum, or even paint. They are all good-what makes them excellent is context.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Fantastic (never mind the cushions on the ground)

Looks good!

Very crisp.

Great this very unassuming mirror.

Love the wall covering!
Loose the candle sticks.
Welcome, welcome everyone!!
You know I love all things tasteful; ok minus the gold candle sticks on the coffee table; but I digress. I love all things glamorous and full of umf!!! Fantastic this Zebra runner; so Hollywood. If you are going to get crazy and by all means please do, I am going to have to insist you keep it controlled by using a strong neutral palette as your background. Oh, also try not to become crazy with accessories ( I know we all love accessories...), sometimes they make a space look and feel junky.


The iconic fireplace design that put Focus on the map is as relevant today as at the time of its creation by Dominique Imbert in 1968. This mod, suspended model rotates 360 degrees, and has been exhibited in New York’s Guggeheim, The Bordeaux Modern Art Museum, and the Grenoble Modern Art Centre. Voted "Worlds most beautiful object" at the 2008-2009 Pulchra competition in Italy.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Platner does Altanta

I was so please to see the Platner chair used properly! I mean, it's a beautiful piece - and, it could go anywhere, even I'd say it can carry a space on it's own. However, Toronto firm Burdifilek had the guts to upholster with a brown/turquoise pattern...and it works. I must admit, this may not have been a combination I would have come up with myself, however I know this is something Anna would have brought forth in a brain storm. I have such appreciation for reinterpretation of modern classics only when it is done with dignity. W Atlanta is home to these beautiful customized Platner chairs. Be warned, don't try this at home; leave it to the professionals!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Here (for your viewing pleasure) are some fantastic pieces ; new to the Fornasetti collection. The top three images are porcelain additions and the bottom image is a magazine rack. The thing with these pieces is the depth they bring to a space. When looking for accessories you just can't go wrong with a Fornasetti piece. The Fornasetti catalogue comprises three categories: the Grand pieces; the Home Accessories and the Delicate Objects. From Grand Pieces (jaw dropping) to Delicate objects, these objects are considered true artistic reproductions as they are drawn from the historic archives of Piero Fornasetti.
Contact us for any and all of your Fornasetti needs; let us share our passion!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

We are almost done with the ladies washroom here at Igloo world headquarters. I just can't get over how fabulous it looks. Of course we used Bardelli tiles (; we decided to work with the Cuban Black collection designed by none other than Ruben Toledo. Let's just get the nitty gritty out of the way: the quality of this product is unparalleled, the craftsmanship unrivaled. There, now we can get to the fun part. This collection was inspired by Ruben's native land: Cuba. As its name indicates it, this collection represents a Cuban Veranda in a beautiful poetic way. Ruben Toledo, one of my favorite designers was born in Havana, Cuba in 1961. He is designer extraordinaire!! A painter, sculptor, illustrator, fashion chronicler and critic, and surrealist. You name it, he has designed it or collaborated on it. There is no limit to this man's genius and creativity. Give us a call and stop by it's worth a peak, it truly is.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Igloo Design - Spa Calme

Igloo Design - Spa Calme
I had a chance to experience one of our own spaces this weekend. It was a great experience! This spa was designed over a year ago, and as always, I make a conscious effort to stop thinking about projects after they are done so that when I walk through them with a fresh pair of eyes. This is the only way of being able to asses ones work. When I arrived to the spa, I was welcomed by a fantasy like reception desk-we used a white 8x8 ceramic tile that looks like a tufted pillow. The contrast between visual and actual texture creates a lot of interest. Beyond that, there is the change rooms and relaxation area. I was happy to see how the owner Natalie grew into her space by adding her own 'Spa Calme' touches, such as relaxing music and special scents. Needless to say, the service was impeccable and the experience was grand. I left as a returning client and most of all a proud Interior Design Professional!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fashion Designer Anna Sui remains very true to herself with this awesome apartment of hers. I can't help but be happy for people that remain true to their personal style and identity when designing and decorating their homes. I know that this seems like a "duh" kind of statement but you would be surprised at how many people don't trust their own instincts when it comes to their own spaces. Remember, you never want to feel like a stranger in your own home. you want to make sure that you respect both environment and personal vibe. Never try to re create, rather borrow and reinterpret. It really is the only way to feel connected to your home.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"Happy 99th Birthday, Hoffman!"

“Hoffman Series B” Drinking Set
Design: Josef Hoffmann, 1912

I almost choked on my sandwich when Anna showed me this fabric! I became crazy. Like all that is perfect, it can easily be adapted and applied to many different mediums ei; textiles, accessories, carpets, etc. This pattern called "Linien" is the proof. The strength is in its simplicity. One very basic element of design was used..."contrast in direction". My clients are always amuses when I say "It's so simple and yet, complicated." The possibilities with this pattern are endless. Also, it's been around for nearly 100 years. This textile now produced by Unika Vaev, is as valid today in the 21st century as is was the day it was created. I look forward to specifying this textile to a worthy project. It will truly be an honour!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Marni, Madison Avenue

So many people have tried to dispaly clothing in a way similar to displaying Art and I can tell you that more often than not they have failed. This boutique is brilliantly done; London's Sybarite has truly created "a prime example of synchronocity emerging from a mix of moder art and fashion" p.59 Frame , issue 70.